More than 50,000 people from around the nation and world have visited the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Okla. since its opening last July.

The Center, which has been a dream of Chickasaw people for more than two decades, is set to celebrate its year of sharing Chickasaw history, culture and heritage during the one-year anniversary weekend Saturday – Sunday, July 23-24 with several special events.

Nestled on 109 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and streams adjacent to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles near Sulphur, Okla., the Center is much more than a museum. With the latest technology, live demonstrations, ancient artifacts and natural outdoor spaces, the center tells the story of the unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation - from the ancient past to the present day.

“Chickasaw people of all ages and walks of life worked together for years to realize the dream of a distinctive place which reflects the spirit and imagination of the Chickasaw people,” said Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation. “We are thrilled that so many people from around the world have already responded by coming to the cultural center to learn about our culture and way of life.”

Features of the state-of-the-art facility also include an indoor theater, traditional village, café, honor garden, amphitheatre and many more.

“The CCC has truly had an amazing first year—the 20-year vision of Governor Anoatubby and the Chickasaw people is being realized every day,” said Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, tribal administrator for the Division of History and Culture. “And, to all of the guests who have helped make our first year so very special, we say, ‘Chokmashki’—thank you.”

Following special events are scheduled during the anniversary weekend to commemorate the occasion.

  • $1 admission to the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center.
  • $1 movie at the Center’s 350-seat Anoli’ Theater with a 2,400 square-foot screen. Showing during the anniversary weekend is the classic 1985 hit movie “The Goonies.”
  • $1 hot dogs at the Aaimpa’ Café.
  • Free t-shirts to the first 200 visitors on Saturday and 100 on Sunday.
  • Free tote bags to the first 400 visitors on Saturday and 200 on Sunday.
  • Free birthday cake and cupcakes starting 11 a.m. (Saturday only, while supplies last.)
  • Scrapbooking workshop at the Holisso Seminar room 1 p.m. Saturday.

In addition, several fun-filled, family-oriented and informational activities are scheduled throughout the summer making the Chickasaw Cultural Center a perfect choice for your next family outing. Also, beginning this summer is the CCC Chipota Movie Club featuring your favorite children’s movies.

From genealogy and scrapbooking workshops to stomp dance and stickball presentations, the Chickasaw Cultural Center has something for everyone.

Upcoming events include:

  •  “Finding Nemo” – July 29-31, Aug. 26-28.
  • “RV” – Aug. 5-7.
  • “Toy Story” – Aug. 12-14.
  • “The Goonies” – July 22-24, Aug. 19-21.
  • Scrapbooking workshop – July 23 and Aug. 20
  • Genealogy workshop, storytelling and stomp dance presentation – July 30;
  • Chickasaw Flute presentation, Chickasaw Press book signing and meet a Chickasaw artist – Aug. 6;
  • Genealogy workshop – Aug. 27.

Showing throughout July in the Anoli’ Theatre is the Native American movie “Turquoise Rose.” The movie is a coming of age story that follows a Native American college student named Turquoise Rose as she begrudgingly forgoes a trip to Europe with her friends to return to the Navajo Reservation and take care of her ailing grandmother.

Cultural teachers are always on hand to educate visitors on crafts such as beadwork, basketry and pottery, tanning hides, bow making and flute making. Guided group tours are also available upon request.

A recent addition to the sprawling campus is the new Holisso Center for the Study of Chickasaw History and Culture. A premiere research center for the study, scholarship and research of Chickasaw and Southeastern tribal cultures and histories, the Center provides a deeper understanding of American, Oklahoman and Mississippian history.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is located at 867 Charles Cooper Memorial Road. For more information, please visit www.chickasawculturalcenter.com or call (580) 622-7130.

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